By Lori Bosworth
Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market has quickly become one of the most anticipated holiday events in Toronto. This year, the market opens on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 6 p.m. with a market lighting ceremony and special guest performance by Molly Johnson and the Regent Park School of Music Senior Choir.
The European market, which runs until December 15, 2013, features Santa’s House where children can have their photo taken with Santa, a Ferris wheel and Merry-go-Round and children’s story telling. One of the most outstanding focal points in the market is the 45-foot white spruce donated by Trees Ontario. The market is also a great place for finding handcrafted gifts at the outdoor vendor’s market. If you get cold, you can head to the beer and mulled wine gardens for a drink.
New this year at the market is a Pet Photo Booth with Santa on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you’re human, you can visit the Coca-Cola photo booth and get a strip of pics to commemorate your time at the market with a $1 donation to the Star Santa Claus Fund. Throughout the duration of the market, the Main Stage will feature children’s choirs, Bavarian brass bands and organ concerts.
Matt Dusk and Jully Black to Perform
Special guests will perform on the Main Stage on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. including Matt Dusk on Wed., Dec. 4, 2013 and Jully Black on Wed., Dec. 11, 2013.
Opening Day Schedule (Friday, November 29, 2013):
6 p.m. – Matthew Rosenblatt, Executive Producer of Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
Alan Huggins, President of Lowe’s Canada
Robert H. Keen, CEO of Trees Ontario
Candy Cane Carollers
6:20 p.m. – Performances by Molly Johnson and the Regent Park School of Music Senior Choir
Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market takes place at the Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street from November 29, 2013 to December 15, 2013. If you’re looking for things to do in Toronto during the holidays, the market is open Monday to Friday from noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.